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Work/Life Balance

Work/life balance involves ensuring you keep your work and personal lives separate and your work life doesnโ€™t interfere with your personal life.

Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, itโ€™s easy to have work bleed into your personal life. We are increasingly in an always-on work environment, and if you have an international team, 5pm doesnโ€™t mean that your whole team is offline for the day.

One-Timeโ€‹

  • Set up quiet hours for email, instant messaging, or other systems you get notified from. Donโ€™t get notifications outside of working hours.
  • Set your office hours in your email client, if itโ€™s supported. If not, you can put this information in your email signature or IM status.
    • My instant messaging status provides instructions on how to get in touch for production emergencies.

Day-To-Dayโ€‹

  • Plan your day. Dedicate time to the tasks you need to get done.
  • Turn off your work computer after your day is over.

Weeklyโ€‹

  • Burnout check. How are you feeling? Is burnout setting in?

Monthlyโ€‹

  • Overtime. How often in the past month have you worked more than your regularly-scheduled amount? Is the total amount going down month-to-month?
  • Time Off. When was the last time you took vacation? Do you have vacation scheduled? If not, schedule time off.